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At Annie Lennard Primary we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our families. Wellbeing is about our thoughts, feelings, emotions and ability to react to life. A good sense of wellbeing is feeling ok and able to cope, even when life or situations are challenging. During these stressful, unprecedented times there may be times when a little extra help and support is needed, below you will find some useful numbers and web pages for you to explore should you wish to.
Here are some websites and numbers designed specifically to support children, young adults and their parents:
- Sandwell BEAM
- Young Minds
- Sandwell Family Life – A directory of support services that are available in Sandwell
- DECCA – alcohol, drug and tobacco service for young people
0845 838 5317, text 07781 472476 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Child line – 0800 111
The websites below have been vetted and approved by the NHS. We recommend that parents always look at and test out apps and games for themselves before introducing their children to them:
Here are some useful numbers and websites designed to support adults:
- Samaritans- 0330 094 5717
- Mental Health 24/7 Helpline- 0345 646 0827
- NHS Volunteers chat and support from volunteers- 0808 196 3646
- Sandwell Healthy Minds/IAPT Services- 0303 033 9903
- Cranstoun - Drug and alcohol support
- Child Law Advice Line – 30 minute free consultation 0300 330 548
You can also speak to your GP for further advice and support.
Here are some ideas of how to support your child’s emotional wellbeing
- Be there to listen - Regularly ask how they're doing so they get used to talking about their feelings and know there's always someone to listen if they want it.
- Stay involved in their life - Show interest in their life and the things important to them. It not only helps them value who they are but also makes it easier for you to spot problems and support them.
- Take what they say seriously - Listening to and valuing what they say, without judging their feelings, in turn makes them feel valued. Consider how to help them process and work through their emotions in a more constructive way.
- Support them through difficulties - Pay attention to their emotions and behaviour, and try to help them work through difficulties. It's not always easy when faced with challenging behaviour, but try to help them understand what they're feeling and why.
- Encourage their interests - Being active or creative, learning new things and being a part of a team help connect us with others and are important ways we can all help our mental health. Support and encourage them to explore their interests, whatever they are.
- Build positive routines - We know it still may not be easy, but try to reintroduce structure around regular routines, healthy eating and exercise. A good night's sleep is also really important – try to get them back into routines that fit with school or college.
Talk to your child about trying the following ideas to support their emotional wellbeing in school:
- Be open and talk about feelings with friends.
- Choose positive friendships.
- Be physically active (a healthy body and mind are closely linked).
- Ask for help from an adult if they are struggling with work.
- Speak to an adult if they have any worries or concerns.
If you feel as though you need more specialist support or advice please do not hesitate to come into school so that we can discuss your needs and also please remember that your GP will be able to provide advice and support
Sandwell Family Life Website
The link below will take you to the Sandwell Family Website, here you will find many services that deal with the following;
- Children and youth activities
- Emergency help (including food)
- Finding work and training
- Immigration and migration support
- Music arts and culture
- Sexual health and pregnancy
- Addiction support
- Counselling and listening
- English language support
- Health and emotional wellbeing
- Loss and breakdown
- Parent and family support
- Advice services (benfits, debt, housing)
- Early/ After school clubs
- Excercise, sport & recreation
- Holiday Activities
- Managing your money
- Relationship help and and mediation